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Jonestown Massacre Biographer on the Question: How Successful Would Jim Jones’ Cult Be Today?

11 April 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Jeff Guinn doesn’t like the expression “drinking the Kool-Aid.”

First, he says, it’s inaccurate: Most of the 918 people who died in the 1977 Jonestown massacre in a remote commune in Guyana, in South America, actually killed themselves by drinking a cyanide solution laced with Flavor Aid, an inexpensive knock-off.

More troubling to Guinn is the glib judgment implied in that expression — and how it has too simply come to represent the willingness of fools to follow deranged leaders.

As Guinn found out while researching and writing The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, released in bookstores on Tuesday, »

- Greg Hanlon

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